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Houston Police Force Homeless People To Throw Away Food And Gifts Given For The Holidays

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Not only did the police show up but they brought a large waste management truck and forced the homeless to throw away their food, pillows and other items that were just donated by local activists.


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Veronica B (33)
Wednesday December 28, 2016, 11:17 pm
What's Wrong With This People??? Heartless!!!

Noted,Thanks Dandelion.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday December 28, 2016, 11:29 pm
Shared article over social media to spread awareness.

Patrick W (2)
Wednesday December 28, 2016, 11:44 pm
Shame on Houston and Its Police Department.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 2:39 am
Noted, Thanks

Animae C (509)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 2:54 am
All because of PERMITS!!!!
This is B.S!!!!!

And everyone's OK with this? Nobody is going to do anything about it???
i am sickened to the core!!!!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 3:07 am
Pretty blinking sh$t is what it is.

Reshared over social media. . . spread the shame, it might get overturned.

No season of any goodwill for the Houston Callous Police Force.

. (0)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 6:00 am
Ridiculous, at least in most cases I should think!!

. (0)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 6:05 am
Plus a terrible waste of food and money please leave well alone and be gracious over a Christmas time.

Ingrid A (524)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 7:42 am
It sure is Animae and Darren.

Bill K (3)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 9:09 am
as long as police forces around the country continue to shoot minorities and dogs without fear of repercussion or prosecution and continue to harass the homeless instead of helping then the police around this country deserve no respect from decent citizens. those individual police officers who are decent and caring individuals and who are tired of seeing what was once an honorable profession turned into this need to stand up for what's right and not continue to hide behind "I'm just following orders".

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 10:42 am
Noted, Thank you

Sue L (73)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 10:55 am
Talk about being Grinches! This is uncalled for. The police need to be held accountable for destroying the homeless people's property. There needs to be a petition about this to bring more attention to this situation. It will only get worse as the Super Bowl approaches.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 11:04 am
I fully agree. People that are nearest or part of the problem need to step up and speak out do something, as they say, if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Those who do step up need to have their backs covered by other "good" cops - as I hear there are more good than not. So if one steps up others need to join him or her.

People also need to vote out those who would pass such laws or ordinances of not feeding the hungry and homeless. While that is being done, police should ignore such stupid rules. I don't see anyone going after all the ones on Wall Street that has caused a lot of the hunger.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 11:52 am
Shame on Houston-shame on Texas. It's just plain wrong. Where's the in Toronto it's the very opposite where extra shelters open up when it gets very cold+groups go around incl cops to see if there's anything they can do plus they also hand out knapsacks filled with winter goods+provide them with public transit tokens too. UGLY on Houston. Shared thx Dandelion

Trish K (29)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 2:40 pm
Someone needs to calmly walk into the Houston Police Dept. and ask kindly for a list of items they may give to the homeless and a list of things they may not give to the homeless. Have it stamped and dated before you leave. Take it to the ACLU - and media. Find out what the protocol is for Homeless people is for every town a C2 lives in. Compare - consolidate - give it to your state Senator. ?

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 6:46 pm
Excellent idea Trish. Yes shame on Houston and a lot of places in the USA doing the same thing Natasha. We are not a very nice Country - it pains me to say I live in it anymore. Such hard heartedness.

Patrick W (2)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 7:15 pm
Dandelion, don't get discouraged by Houston and similar events; just keep on pushing back and campaigning against the bad guys!!!

Bryan S (105)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 7:39 pm
How disgusting -- taking food and clothing from people who have nothing! The attitude that the food could be unsafe at least makes sense in some abstract way, but taking blankets and clothing???

The solution to our ever more unequal economy seems to be to just push the people that aren't the "winners" out of sight instead of fixing the economy.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 29, 2016, 8:28 pm
Not only out of sight Bryan, even when they hide in the woods and such I've read more stories where they are sought out and their little camps destroyed. I suppose as you said in some abstract way concerning the food I don't think that people who are having nothing to eat have a lot of choices. Which would bring us back to the point why should anyone be in this Country hungry. There is more than enough, at the very least a safe place to eat should be available to all. And that is the very least.......this Country should not have homeless either.........if the billionaires would part with a few coins and allow people some living wages or an increase in their fixed incomes. Services to help those people to get onto their feet or the medical help they need.

Thanks you Patrick for the encouragement.......I try to keep plugging along but sometimes it gets the better of me, so thanks.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday December 30, 2016, 4:21 am
Just when I thought It couldn't get worse it did.This is totally unacceptable.

Arielle S (313)
Friday December 30, 2016, 10:26 am
Anyone with half a heart would be ashamed to be a part of this.

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 30, 2016, 1:48 pm
Outrageous! Our world is crazy! Arielle says it all. Thanks.

Colleen L (3)
Friday December 30, 2016, 3:00 pm
Disgusting As*holes. They will be punished for their ugliness. If they were around me I'd be sending them back to training on how to treat people homeless or not like humans beings. Thanks Dandelion

Michael M (5)
Friday December 30, 2016, 4:28 pm
Deplorable behavior from TexAss

Judy C (91)
Friday December 30, 2016, 4:45 pm
This is absolutely sickening. How is this not stealing? Can you just come up to anyone and make them discard things within their possession? Being homeless does not make you have no right to own anything, does it? The cruelty and stupidity of this action is just beyond belief.

It sounds like the city of Rio is no better than Houston, with their deplorable "clean the streets" program. I wish overprivileged people who have no compassion could just spend a couple of days as homeless people. They are so far removed from reality that they don't even act like human beings anymore. Thanks Dandelion.

Anne K (139)
Friday December 30, 2016, 4:58 pm
Disgusting and unethical!

Donna G (42)
Friday December 30, 2016, 6:02 pm
I heard about this a couple days ago from Joshua of the New Progressive Voice. He did a video which he uploaded on December 28:

Freya H (345)
Friday December 30, 2016, 6:29 pm
This is cruel beyond cruel! Shame, shame, fifty thousand times shame on the Houston Police Department. The brutes that participated in this heartless action are not constables, they are gestapo, not fit to clean the excrement out of K-9 kennels. They are meaner than 99.999% of all fictional villains. Any cop who has an atom of goodness in his/her being would resign rather than participate in what amounts to theft.

Freya H (345)
Friday December 30, 2016, 6:59 pm
This made me so mad, I made this petition calling for Houston to end their bullyragging of the homeless.

Janet B (0)
Friday December 30, 2016, 7:21 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Friday December 30, 2016, 7:45 pm
cruel and wasteful, too.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday December 30, 2016, 10:31 pm
Absolutely disgusting!!!

I wonder how many of the officers claim to be Christians? They obviously did not understand Matthew 25:40
40The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

I seem to recall a 90 year old man in Florida who was feeding the homeless when he arrested by police. I know we had a similar situation in Abbotsford a while back. We are called to be our brother's keeper, and it is not just Christians. The Qu'ran also makes similar admonitions to Muslims.

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday December 30, 2016, 10:33 pm
Thanks Freya for the petition. Will sign tomorrow.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 12:35 am
Reshared Freya's petition over social media
1,000 GOAL

pam w (139)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 10:11 am

Lisa M (15)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 10:36 am
This is HEARTLESS AND BEYOND CRUEL! Those police are useless excuses for human existence and have no business holding an occupation that is supposed to protect and serve. I hope they rot on Earth--don't want to wait for hell!

Jeff Creech (64)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 11:04 am
It's become a worldwide Trend to persecute the homeless. Fascism is a worldwide trend. apparently this is what happens when the top 1% has 99% of the world's income.

Lenore K (0)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 11:14 am
that's so terrible. shame on you police, what would Jesus think?

Donna G (42)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 2:28 pm
Freya, I signed the petition. I hope it helps.

Janet B (0)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 3:11 pm

Gloria H (88)
Saturday December 31, 2016, 5:52 pm
Only in Amerika- land of the formerly free. So...who paid for the dumpsters? taxpayers. Who paid for the cops to harass homeless ? taxpayers.
Someone has an axe to grind about the Christmas giveaway, and complained.
I tried to give away sweaters during Occupy Santa Rosa. A meterman (male metermaid?) in his little golf cart told me to keep moving-threatened other cars on the street, about 5 homeless on the sidewalk. I told him I wasn't "parked" just couldn't walk up the steps to the people. (They did come to the car... boy, was mister "authority" pissed off. )
Give some people power and they become president.
This is just the beginning.

Julie W (33)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 1:51 am
" feeding the homeless food that has not been cooked in a certified kitchen could spread illness" What utter crap! I'm willing to bet we all eat and feed our family food from an uncertified kitchen. What happened to the season of goodwill to all men? Bah, humbug.


Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 3:16 am
Freya's petition
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

rita uljee (1)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 4:14 am
instead of helping them this? shamefull the least you can call this .

Connie O (45)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 8:23 am
Disgusting. :(

Beth M (138)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 10:30 am
This will get worse under Trump.. He claims to be Christian, but he is anything but.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 10:37 am
Well people can claim a lot of things - actions speak louder than words. Watch the actions not only of Trump but all Candidates in both major Parties. Don't keep voting in those whose actions to do not match their words.

Janet B (0)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 2:37 pm

MmAway M (519)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 3:56 pm
Thank you Sheryl...Horrible.

Homeless/Animals don't stand a chance in ....

"On Thursday, the Houston Police Department targeted a group of homeless advocates who were attempting to hand out hot food and gifts to the homeless.

Credits: Counter Current News

By: Derrick Broze / The Anti-Media Houston, TX – On Thursday, the Houston Police Department targeted a group of homeless advocates who were attempting to hand out hot food and gifts to the homeless.

Local activists attempting to hand out food and gifts were shocked on Thursday afternoon when Houston police forced the homeless to throw away the donations. Around 1 pm on Thursday, several individuals met in downtown Houston to distribute plates of hot food, blankets, and other supplies to the city’s growing homeless population. Soon after, Houston police arrived on the scene of two different intersections where the homeless advocates were giving out gifts and food.

According to witness testimony posted on Facebook, the police instructed the homeless to throw away everything they had been given. “Not only were the police called, but they brought a large waste management truck and are forcing the homeless to throw away their food, pillows and other items,” reads one post.

A video from an ABC13 social media correspondent shows the police and trash vehicle parked under a freeway while a man narrates the situation. “Covers, Blankets, different things like that, pillows. They are throwing all of that away,” he says.

Shere Dore, a local activist who works with several organizations, including Food Not Bombs Houston, was involved in the food sharing and says the throwing away of the gifts was uncalled for. “I’m highly disturbed because lots of these items were not only given to the homeless by the community, but some of the blankets and jackets were literally purchased by homeless advocates like myself,” Dore told Anti-Media. “HPD and the City of Houston are taking our cash and throwing it in the trash. At what point will our police stand up and say that this is wrong to do to people?“

Only moments before throwing away the gifts, the Houston police stopped Dore and a fellow advocate. Dore said her friend was taking photos of the police vehicle when the officer began questioning them, claiming someone had called and complained about people feeding the homeless".

Patrick W (2)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 9:18 pm
I signed Freya's petition to the Houston authorities

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 9:56 pm
I know that Houston is not Mayberry, but, since it is winter wouldn't the homeless be better off if they do something as a minor offense. sentenced to time or a fine. Then take the time?

MmAway M (519)
Sunday January 1, 2017, 10:56 pm
Hartson D..

I hate to say it, but in San Diego, California it is better to be in Jail than HOMELESS!

Sorry Dande ~~~xxoo 2017 Hope it is a wee bit gentle, doubt it!

Angela K (373)
Monday January 2, 2017, 2:07 am
I read it already on a German news page and Arild W. brings my thoughts to the point !

Ty Dandelion for sharing

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday January 2, 2017, 2:14 am
Reshared your original article over social media to spread awareness. Dandelion.
Freya's petition
End Houston's Cruel War Against the Homeless!
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

MmAway M (519)
Monday January 2, 2017, 2:32 am
Just signed Freya's Petition...TY

John T (55)
Monday January 2, 2017, 3:54 am
Signed Freya's petition few days ago. Makes you wonder what the world is coming to. Politicians make these unjust laws and expect to get pats on the back, when good kick up were the sun don't shine is far more practicable. It is winter you would think these sort of people would help giving them some sort of shelter in unoccupied buildings, they have plenty.

. (0)
Monday January 2, 2017, 4:21 am
noted / and signed petitions about ) TYFS

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 2, 2017, 5:52 am
Instead of jail that the taxpayers would have to pay, why can't we get some affordable housing and staff the office with some professionals to see to it that the place runs smoothly. Would be far cheaper and a lot more kinder.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 12:31 am
Reshared your original article over social media to spread awareness. Dandelion.
Freya's petition
End Houston's Cruel War Against the Homeless!
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Wednesday January 4, 2017, 11:44 pm
Thanks for keeping this to the fore Dandelion..... how ironic we had a private discussion about this while I couldn't access my page.......Glad many Aussie's have a better attitude towards their homeless although we are not perfect by any means.....for those that are "worried" about giving money because it will "go on booze, ciggies and drugs" or if you are afaid to get "too close" just in case that homeless person has "issues mental or otherwise"........Give Where You Live.......that's a drive we have locally....donate toothpaste, toothbrushes, personal hygiene products, underwear/socks, dog food, water bowls, local organisations that are on the streets doing what they out those that aren' the Salvos say here "most people are only a paypacket way from homelessness" and who can forget this article that was put on Care2: Petition signed Many thanks Freya.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Wednesday January 4, 2017, 11:54 pm
Sorry Freya......have to reset my password each time I make a comment having trouble signing because of that

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 12:00 am
Reshared your original article over social media to spread awareness. Dandelion.
Freya's petition
End Houston's Cruel War Against the Homeless!
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

. (0)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 2:43 am
Awesome devastating

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 4:46 am
Reshared your original article over social media to spread awareness. Dandelion.
Freya's petition
End Houston's Cruel War Against the Homeless!
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

TOM TREE (247)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 12:15 pm

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 7:17 am
This is what it is like to live in The-Most-Fascist-State-In-The-Union. Our state Senators and Reps claim -in very loud fashion- to be 'Christian'.....does THIS look or is an action of, 'Christians'??? They are not Christians, peeps, they are MAMMONITES. They worship Mammon and do not give 3/5ths of a damn for anyone or anything save themselves and their pockets. Period. Anyone who helps the poor, the homeless, the elderly or the very young do so clandestinely, in secret, in hiding. THAT is what it is now like here and so, the rest of the nation will soon find out exactly what it's like to live under Fanatical, Theocratic FASCISM. All you Trumphiles, who voted for this crap.....remember....IT'S WHAT YOU WANTED.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 3:04 pm
Reshared your original article over social media to raise and spread awareness. Dandelion.
Freya's petition
End Houston's Cruel War Against the Homeless!
1,000 GOAL
Reshared over social media.

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Saturday February 4, 2017, 6:32 am

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Friday February 10, 2017, 4:07 am
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